Coronavirus Reading List: Ocean Themed

Wondering what are the best ocean themed books out there at the moment?

Now we all have some extra spare time on our hands we have pulled together a list of suggested books to keep your ocean mind exploring.

Blue Mind

Blue Mind by Wallace J Nichols is a study in water and why it makes us happy. It’s also, almost accidentally, a sort of autobiography. The book and author is the very embodiment of his theme. The cover image on the book is the Pacific and the so-called Slow Coast, “50 miles of cool, peace and quiet – just a jump south of San Francisco“, where the author and his fellow Californians take “unhurried” walks, “chill out” and “catch some waves”.

Wallace J Nichols believes we should all channel the putative blue in our heads, using water to detox our digital enslavement. Even taking a shower, or glimpsing a photograph of a river will do the job. Imagine, he says, how business negotiations could be facilitated if the interested parties adjourned to a hot tub. (He is quite aware of the Californian cliche at work in that particular scenario.)

Get a copy of the book here or sign up to audible and listen for free.


Have you ever been in a float tank? Try to imagine that in absolute silence you are floating with your eyes closed and body weightless as in space, touching nothing, free against any force. Then imagine you can keep this gentle, peaceful feeling of floating quietly through an inky black darkness for more than three minutes.

Nestor draws on his own experience of freediving and knowledge of the sport to bring the reader along the journey from wanting to experience something different to pushing the boundaries of human existence.

Get a copy here or head on over to audible and listen for free.

Rise of Superman

The book by Steve Kotler is an exploration of how extreme athletes break the limits of ultimate human performance and what we can learn from their mastery of the state of consciousness known as “flow” In this groundbreaking book, New York Times–bestselling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand interviews with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes such as big–wave legend Laird Hamilton, big–mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow,” an optimal state of consciousness where we perform and feel our best.

Another strength of Kotler’s work is that he’s always dealing with the cutting-edge of the world’s most pivotal problems/opportunities. When reading his work, you feel like you’re having the curtain pulled-back of the future; like you’re being let-in on a secret. You feel cool reading his books.

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance or head on over to audible and listen for free.

Fifty Places To Dive Before You Die

Other than being on your next ocean based adventure trip the next best thing can often be planning it. This is a well written hard cover book that sits at home on a coffee table of any ocean fanatic.  It is a good read to open your eyes on prospective dive sight I didn’t know about or have considered. Everyone who’s come over had picked it up and flicked through it.

Head over to Amazon and get yourself a copy here.

Silent World

Jacques Cousteau’s memoir that chronicles the early days of underwater adventure. This books include the development of his invention, scuba, his first dives with scuba, and his travels under the sea during World War II. This book is increasingly hard to find and is becoming a bit of a rarity.

If you can get your hands on a copy I’d suggest keeping hold of it!

Sea Change

The adventure story of Sylvia Earle’s three decades of undersea exploration, an insider’s introduction to the dynamic field of marine biology.

Earle takes us along on journeys to places of unimaginable beauty and unutterable destruction. She conjures up the exhilaration of swimming with humpback whales off the coast of Maui; she makes us comprehend the true environmental tragedy of the massive oil spills in Prince William Sound and the Persian Gulf; and she leads us out into Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the epitome of ocean wilderness but also the final resting place for tons of waste that drift in from thousands of miles away. 

Also becoming a bit hard to get hold of a copy.


Most of us breathe inefficiently. Only when you become aware of your breathing and how to train it, you will be able to learn to breathe properly. Your body will immediately absorb more oxygen and after a short time you will have more energy and gain greater mental calmness. 

Josh Allsop

Podcast and community bringing together all things ocean. Sharing through story and experience.

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